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Nowhere Else To Go

Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.

We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.

John 6:68-69

Peter's proclamation in John 6 rivals anything ever written in a Hallmark card. Because Jesus had just been deserted by many who felt His teaching was too hard and refused to accept it. But when he turned to the Twelve and challenged their willingness to stay, Peter doesn't hesitate to declare:

Lord, to whom shall we go?

Having just celebrated Valentine's Day—and with a good bit of love ❤️still on the brain—I believe that to be among the most honorable and loving statements Peter made to Jesus.

And ... it reminded me of a heated exchange with my husband during our early years of marriage which ended abruptly with his poignant statement:

“I have nowhere else to go.

Without elaborating on the intimacies of our conversation, we’d crashed into the unavoidable subject of ‘his needs, her needs’.

Suffice it to say, the two distinct genders heat up at vastly different rates. Per God’s unique design, a man is a microwave, and a woman is a crockpot.

But the core of our conflict wasn't even about that. It revolved around one essential truth. My husband's “I have nowhere else to go” plea communicated a deeply held belief. A sacrificial, God-honoring perspective not unlike the answer Peter gave Jesus.

“Lord, to whom shall we go?”

Because truth is, my husband does have plenty of people to whom he could go to find satisfaction and who could meet his needs.

So do I.

There are options. Endless ones—whether in marriage or at work, in any circumstance or relationship.

There are other publishers, readers, organizations … other scented candle shops … available to me.

But when alternatives woo and wink and wave me over, I am hemmed in by my conviction … To Whom shall I go?

In the truest sense, living out of this belief gives us the world. Because Jesus is all we need, the lifter of our head, the giver of joy and peace.

Our soul’s ultimate satisfaction.

Peter was impulsive, but he wasn't stupid. He knew he and his traveling buddies had the option to leave Jesus and follow another leader. They were free to return to their families and livelihoods. But in this moment, Peter proclaimed truth and exalted Jesus as the only way to experience what his heart needed.

The only way to fulfill his calling.

The only source of lasting satisfaction.

The word of eternal life, the holy one of God.

How about you? Is Jesus one good option or the only way?

In a world rife with alternatives, to whom or to what do you turn?

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